Emma Willard School

285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Honoring its founder`s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 362 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $67,270
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $41,600
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Emma Willard School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 296 schools) for:


School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Emma Willard School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
137 acres
125 acres

Student Body

362 students
315 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$179.1 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Kristen Mariotti
Katie Myer



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Instructional Tennis

Club or Organization:
Activities Council, African Aid, Animation Club, Architecture Club, Art Room Monitor, Black and Hispanic Awareness (BHA), Chamber Group, Conservation Society, DPP (Dance Performance Project), Drawing, painting, pottery, Emma Green, Emma Now- Student Run Blog, Fair Trade Store, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), Foreign and American Student Organization, Horsebackrding (English), Instructional Ice Hockey, Instrument Ensemble, Kush (Radio Station), Martial Arts, Multicultural Awareness Club, Music lessons (piano, brass, singing), Muslin Student Association, Open Doors, Outdoor Program, Portfolio, Robotics, Rock Ensemble, Shakespeare, Snowboarding, Spring Theater Workshop, Student/Faculty Senate, Technical Theater, UNICEF

Arts and Music Programs:
Agonies, Campus Players, Choir, Kickball, Literature Live, Planet@CA (environmental club), Road Biking

College Matriculation

10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • What drives your passion to learn? Are you an artist? A scientist? An athlete? A combination of all?
  • At Emma Willard School, we invite you to embrace your passion and use it to shape your high school learning experience and beyond.
  • As the nation`s first institute of higher learning for young women, Emma Willard School has been a leader in girls` education for over 200 years. Since 1814, we have been challenging independent school students to question, reason, learn, grow, and lead. Whether you already know your passion, or are still finding your way, Emma Willard School empowers you to discover your authentic self.
  • Our founder, Emma Hart Willard, was a bold advocate for access to education, wanting young women to have more opportunities than what was available to her at that time. She was empowered to want morefor herself and othersand set forth for a life of extraordinary impact.
  • With a balance of academic rigor, personalized opportunities to grow and create, and a focus on individual wellness, Emma Willard School prepares boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12 to go out and impact their world.
  • Emma Willard School accreditations: NYSAIS, NAIS, TABS,
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Emma Willard School cost?
Emma Willard School's tuition is approximately $67,270 for boarding students and $41,600 for day students.
What sports does Emma Willard School offer?
Emma Willard School offers 21 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Badminton, Ballet, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Winter Track.
Does Emma Willard School offer a summer program?
Yes, Emma Willard School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Emma Willard School's ranking?
Emma Willard School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percent faculty with advanced degrees and Highest endowment/student.
When is the application deadline for Emma Willard School?
The application deadline for Emma Willard School is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 2014
Northeastern University
Emma Willard is especially good at facilitating discussion based classrooms using the Harkness Method. I am finding now that I am in college classes that are all large lectures that Emma Willard's teachers were especially. . .

Class of 2014
Washington University in St. Louis
Emma Willard's home on Mount Ida is in itself one of a kind. The moment you step on campus, you enter a different world of gray stone walls and unbridled passion. Emma Willard's small, close-knit. . .

Class of 2010
Dartmouth College
One of my favorite parts about Emma Willard was the round table method of teaching. All humanities classes were taught around a round table, so that all of the students could see one another. Teachers. . .
Show more reviews (6 reviews)
Submit Review for Emma Willard School
Earn $20 by submitting your alumni review!

Recent Articles

Mastering the Boarding School Selection Process: A 5-Step Guide
Mastering the Boarding School Selection Process: A 5-Step Guide
Discover the ultimate 5-step guide to choosing the perfect boarding school for your child. Explore essential factors, such as academics, campus facilities, extracurricular activities, and more. Make an informed decision to provide your child with an enriching and transformative educational experience. Read now!
5 Founders and Their Boarding Schools
5 Founders and Their Boarding Schools
What prompts somebody to start a boarding school? The motives range from idealism to munificence right on through to capitalism. The common thread seems to be ample capital and a vision of what education can do.
Top 5 Reasons To Study Dance At A Boarding School
April 24, 2023
Top 5 Reasons To Study Dance At A Boarding School
From meeting world-renowned guest artists to balancing busy rehearsal schedules, students share how boarding school is preparing them to dance professionally.

Featured Schools

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 362 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $67,270
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $41,600
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Request Information

Quick Links